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About Rocco's Italian Grille

Proprietor Rocco Potami has opened a casual yet sophisticated dining spot as warm and personal as a family-run trattoria, with marble floors, golden-hued walls, warm woods, white linens. There's a cozy wood-paneled bar, intimate al fresco dining on a courtyard terrace and private space for special events.
Rocco's uses the freshest meats, produce, breads, special sauces and imported pastas that are the heart of fine Italian cooking. The result is a diverse culinary experience, offering a taste of favorite dishes selected from each region of Italy.

400 South Orlando Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 644-7770

Website:
http://www.roccositaliangrille.com/

Executive Chef:
Rocco Potami

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

Rocco's Italian Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (19)
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Good for a Date (12)
Romantic (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (8)
Fun (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Live Music (6)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Casual (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Rocco's is always a good to spot for great food and a actual place you can have a normal dinner conversation without being loud.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

Came here for Valentine’s Day, and managed to get a last minute reservation. Went in without extremely high expectations, and was completely blown away by the entire dining experience. Our waiter was fantastic, and the lasagna was the best I have ever had. On top of it all, the owner came by to make sure everything was perfect, and the tiramisu was out of this world.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

We enjoyed our meal very much. Service was good but not excellent. I say that only because there was one male server who wasn't particular nice to a female server. Their exchange was near our table. The veal special I had was good but I don't think it was worthy of the price tag.

My wife and I will return... the next time I will not choose something being promoted for that evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

The waiter “Nick” was awful. Brusque in tone, ridiculously theatrical in his presentation, inattentive in his service and interrupting when clearing. We love Rocco’s but this guy put a pall on our visit. He must be the owner’s brother.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

My favorite Winter Park area restaurant! Reminds me of the nice restaurants in the Little Italy neighborhood of Chicago. The food and service is outstanding. Often get to thank Rocco himself as he walks through the restaurant.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

We enjoyed our visit very well, everything was just perfect. Hope you all will take some time and visit Rocco's, their food is very good*!*

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food here is consistently delicious but the pace of the meal is much slower than we like. About an hour and a half for each two course dinner. Probably designed for people who want to linger over wine, which we don't. We don't care for the live music. But the food is so good that we put up with the less desirable features.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The ravioli special was the most delicious thing I have ever tasted. I think it was butternut squash with sage something. Heavenly. And the waiter was awesome and very friendly.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 27, 2018

First time dining here. This is a gem. The minute you walk in the door you receive a warm greeting. Live entertainment on the Saturday night we visited. Service was friendly and attentive. The food is outstanding. Every dish came out perfect. When the chef is the owner and he is actually in the kitchen and not selling cookbooks and pots and pans on QVC you can bet the food is going to be fresh and authentic. There is something to be said about the independent restaurants where the owner is treating you like family. From start to finish a great meal. Like dining in Italy without a passport. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We have been to Rocco's a number of times and it is a great place that "flies under the radar". I rated this visit 4 stars overall as there were some plus and minus. On the plus side, Alex was a great server and my Gorgonzola Filet was outstanding as was my gimlet. Both my wife and I had the caesar salad that could have used more flavor. Unfortunately my wife did not like her veal chop as she reported it to have little taste and served with a bland sauce. With respect to ambiance, normally Rocco's has an moderate, elegant vibe. On this evening there were two large parties with one seated in the main dining room that made the place overcrowded and noisy. We asked to be seated at a table away from the large party but was told that table was not available. (I wonder what if any consideration is given to diners with Open Table VIP status!) Based upon a good history with Rocco's we will consider this an "off night" and will plan to return.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Have been to Rocco’s several times, very good every time!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 13, 2018

What a great find; a real gem. The atmosphere, food and over all experience was far beyond my expectations. The friendly staff, a very pleasant surprise. I loved the quiet atmosphere, the caprese salad extraordinaire, and the extensive wine list. I highly recommend Rocco's Italian Grille. Rocco's has become my new favorite Italian restaurant in Orlando.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I spend one or two weekends per month in the Orlando area and Rocco’s is like the nice Italian restaurants in the Little Italy neighborhood of Chicago. Every month I invite my friends or neighbors to have dinner with me. The menu is wonderful, but I have learned that I am always happy with the specials of the evening. Excellent wine selection, live music on Saturday nights, Rocco and all the staff is attentive which all makes for a great evening with friends at Rocco’s !!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 13, 2018

As usual, the service was impeccable and the food was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our server, Alex, was wonderful and the food was incredible! The salmon was perfect, the beef tenderloin with the Gorgonzola sauce was phenomenal. The deserts were great as well. Could not have asked for a more enjoyable evening!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was outstanding as always. We were seated in bar area for first time. Server was not attentive nor friendly. Previously servers have been outstanding. Server introduced herself complaining about cutting her hand and offered no suggestions on a NYE cocktail recommendation for the table when asked. Assuming this was isolated to one servers bad night.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner with family. Service was slow and it was a bit noisy but the food and atmosphere were excellent! Food is fresh and authentic Italian! Rocco’s has become our favorite Italian restaurant!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Rocco's is the best Italian food in Central Florida; took my Dad here, and he has been everywhere, he said it he ranks it as one of the best places he has ever been !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent service, lots of dinner specials, and the food prepared just right. We will be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Want great Italian food, go to Rocco's. Want a romantic evening with your honey, go to Rocco's. Want a true family night with family and friends, go to Rocco's. Authentic Italian favorites and innovative preparations, prepared by an inspired kitchen, served by a professional and informative staff and orchestrated by Rocco's great love of food and hospitality. And then there is Silvana, who is a hostess who greets you like no other in Orlando. Rocco's is like coming home for dinner..... in Italy. Try it! ..... you'll like!

Tags: Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Best Italian food in the area

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Rocco’s is a WInter Park treasure.Friendly owner greeted us upon warmly upon arrival and seated us at our favorite table. Food was excellent and the special veal dish for the night was indeed special. This is a great restaurant with wonderful Italian food served in an inviting setting.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Mw wife and I were having dinner for our 28th wedding anniversary, a very special occasion which should have been both romantic and an overall good experience. Having arrived though, the owner and two other males were having dinner together two tables away. As the group drank more, they got louder, more boisterous and down right boorish. Soon talk turned to their wives and the comments became more borderline. At one point a remark was made at the table about a car being a "girls car", or something to that effect. The response, apparently funny to the group was "what does it run on, vinegar and water". Apparently, they thought it was boys' night out rather than a restaurant. That one comment was well over the decency line for anything other than a bar. You can't offend my wife but, there is an expected level of common etiquette and manners and this restaurant failed to meet those expectations. The fact that you may own the place is no excuse.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great Place to take a date and enjoy the ambience and superb Italian cuisine,The wine was flowing also.Can't miss with a night out at Rocco's

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Rocco's is in our top three restaurants in the Orlando area. After living here 40 years, we've been to a few. Consistently excellent food with great , creative preparations. We are always greeted warmly by Rocco himself as he is hands on owner. Wine list is excellent and cocktails generous. We always look forward to a meal at Rocco's.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service Awesome food

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The greeting is always warm and by Rocco himself. The food is consistently amazing with great service. It never disappoints!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We made a reservation and were told it would be "just a few minutes", but 20 minutes later we had to ask a server when our table would be ready. We were finally seated about 30 minutes after our reservation time. The bartender was serving tables as well and was obviously bothered taking bar orders (we went to the bar to wait for our table). Also, once we were seated, we observed the owner yelling at an employee for dropping something. Food was OK...

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had family in town and wanted to give them a unique experience. We had a great meal at Rocco's with excellent service!

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 7, 2017

In the past Rocco's has always been delightful. This past experience by four was highly disappointing. Food overcooked, dry, and off-tasting.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Our server was amazing. He made sure everything was perfect during the whole experience. Will definitely be returning.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Reminded me of the family restaurants on Taylor Street in the Little Italy neighborhood in Chicago. Wonderful food and service

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Anniversary. Well done!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This was my first visit to Rocco's. I was visiting in Orlando and found it on Open Table. It was pretty much everything I expected. Greeted cheerfully by the owner, really good waiter, excellent service overall. I had a Veal Chop that was seasoned perfectly and cooked to my liking but it was very tough and fatty for Veal. Still good but a little chewy. My date had a Swordfish Risotto that was well made but the very strong 'fishy' taste of the fish dominated the dish and took away the great taste and preparation of the risotto. Would not order that again. We will return but want to try more of typical Italian dishes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Have dined here at least 25 times in the past 2 years and every meal has been superbly prepared under the watchful eye of Rocco. Pasta is served the traditional Italian style -- al dente and Rocco does not over saturate the pasta with mountains of sauce. Rocco only serves fresh fish and if you love veal or beef, he has high quality provisions. One favorite in our family is the best eggplant parmigiana you've ever tasted. The head bartender is a perfectionist when making your favorite cocktail and the wine list is quite extensive and fairly priced. Service in very personable and attentive and you are not rushed. A great touch is the live entertainment which is not intrusive in the main dining area, but if you choose to get up and dance to the music in the lounge area, you won't be alone. And when you finish your meal, if you elect to spend some more time in the lounge to enjoy the music and maybe an after dinner drink, it is a great finale to a perfect dining experience in this wonderful spot.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 19, 2017

By far one of the best meals I have had in a very long time. Amazing Italian food and spectacular service. I recommend this restaurant to everyone. Can't wait to go back and try more menu items.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 17, 2017

came for a birthday. this was our 2nd time here. food was amazing! had the carpaccio for an app, got the seafood pasta dish, seafood special, and vegetarian risotto dish. had the limoncello parfait and bomba dessert.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fun, Live Music, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Best Italian food in Orlando, our friend love the atmosphere and warmth shown by Rocco.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We love this restaurant and any opportunity to eat here is taken. The food and the service impeccable. The ambiance and entertainment are great. We come on 'date night', with friends and business associates and everyone loves it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Very odd night. First visit for us. My wife ordered a veal dish and was brought a chicken dish. Not realizing it she started eating it. She then told the waitress who apologized but took no action to correct it. We did not make a fuss but were rather shocked. The food came out of the kitchen much too quickly. We were the only ones in the restaurant so not sure what the rush was. We took our remaining wine home and found the cork laying in the bag. Luckily we did not tip the bottle.
The bread was great and my ravioli was tasty though not a generous portion.

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